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If Angels Burn (Darkyn Series #1)

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

WHAT A SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After enjoying Twilight Saga series and the Sookie Stackhouse series, I was looking for another vampire romance and this filled the bill. From page one I was hooked. I read the entire series (seven books) in less than two weeks. I wish there were more. Kudos to Lynn Vie...
After enjoying Twilight Saga series and the Sookie Stackhouse series, I was looking for another vampire romance and this filled the bill. From page one I was hooked. I read the entire series (seven books) in less than two weeks. I wish there were more. Kudos to Lynn Viehl. These are definitely not for the same crowd as Twilight, but if you are a mature adult who happened to like Twilight as I did, this is for you. The characters are wonderful as is the relationships. A MUST READ.... I think I might just read them again.

posted by buffy2337 on August 26, 2009

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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Really Deserved at 3.5 Rating

I picked up this book based on the recommendation that it was similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I have to say I find the two series similar, in the fact that they both have romantic elements but not necessarily focus on romance and the plots in both serie...
I picked up this book based on the recommendation that it was similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I have to say I find the two series similar, in the fact that they both have romantic elements but not necessarily focus on romance and the plots in both series are dark and gruesome. Dr. Alex Keller is dedicated to her patients and her work. Unfortunately, having a reputation as one of the fastest and most efficient plastic surgeons has made her a target. Michael Cyprien, a vampire part of the Darkyn society (Darkyns are Dark Kyn, a/k/a vampires) chooses to kidnap Alex and force her to perform surgery on his face, that has been obliterated by the Brethren (the Brethren are a group of men/cult who have hunted down and killed the Darkyn through the ages). A terrible situation arises and Alex is exposed to the Darkyn blood. Regardless of Alex's exposure, the virus fails to fully turn her, therefore causing her to walk between two worlds, Darkyn and human. Straddling both worlds pushes Alex into the spotlight and renders her an anomaly that breathes new hope for certain Darkyn of expanding the species, and also causes her to become a threat to the Brethren. Alex is a strong woman, who has confidence, independence, intelligence and fire. However, her constant resistance and verbal abuse towards Michael started to became overbearing. Had the author toned down Alex's spunk a bit, Alex would have pretty much been the perfect heroine. There was a religious aspect to the novel that I could've done without. The author is not preaching to us, actually it's just the opposite; the church turns out to be the hypocrites. Personally I would've liked the author to have chosen a different back story for the Brethren that didn't include being tied to the church. Regardless of the religion included, the author fabulously built a dark world, where nighttime is a feeding ground for those naïve enough not to believe or protect themselves from monsters and those unlucky enough to be caught. As a dark urban fantasy reader, I am always looking for something new to read. I would recommend this to fellow dark urban fantasy readers who can spare the patience to flip through the too coincidental, predictable and emotional parts to stick with the plot. Regardless of my 3-star rating, this series has great potential and I look forward to reading the next book in the series Private Demon.

posted by kitkat3ny on September 15, 2009

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    I picked up this book based on the recommendation that it was similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I have to say I find the two series similar, in the fact that they both have romantic elements but not necessarily focus on romance and the plots in both series are dark and gruesome. Dr. Alex Keller is dedicated to her patients and her work. Unfortunately, having a reputation as one of the fastest and most efficient plastic surgeons has made her a target. Michael Cyprien, a vampire part of the Darkyn society (Darkyns are Dark Kyn, a/k/a vampires) chooses to kidnap Alex and force her to perform surgery on his face, that has been obliterated by the Brethren (the Brethren are a group of men/cult who have hunted down and killed the Darkyn through the ages). A terrible situation arises and Alex is exposed to the Darkyn blood. Regardless of Alex's exposure, the virus fails to fully turn her, therefore causing her to walk between two worlds, Darkyn and human. Straddling both worlds pushes Alex into the spotlight and renders her an anomaly that breathes new hope for certain Darkyn of expanding the species, and also causes her to become a threat to the Brethren. Alex is a strong woman, who has confidence, independence, intelligence and fire. However, her constant resistance and verbal abuse towards Michael started to became overbearing. Had the author toned down Alex's spunk a bit, Alex would have pretty much been the perfect heroine. There was a religious aspect to the novel that I could've done without. The author is not preaching to us, actually it's just the opposite; the church turns out to be the hypocrites. Personally I would've liked the author to have chosen a different back story for the Brethren that didn't include being tied to the church. Regardless of the religion included, the author fabulously built a dark world, where nighttime is a feeding ground for those naïve enough not to believe or protect themselves from monsters and those unlucky enough to be caught. As a dark urban fantasy reader, I am always looking for something new to read. I would recommend this to fellow dark urban fantasy readers who can spare the patience to flip through the too coincidental, predictable and emotional parts to stick with the plot. Regardless of my 3-star rating, this series has great potential and I look forward to reading the next book in the series Private Demon.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Good

    Good book to read not great read better, but have def read worse. Like the some of the characters some of the detailed scenes were a bit twisted for my taste but left little to imagination...

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Personally, I got mighty tired of the two main characters and the way they interacted with each other throughout the entire book.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

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    Hoping the rest of the series gets better.

    In my experience, most series start with a book that contains a lot of background information (which this book did) but they usually have the complete arch of the main characters while introducing other characters who will be fleshed out in subsequent books. Unlike some reviewers, I came to like the main characters in this book, but I also agree that they were underdeveloped and their "romance" seemed very hard to follow or believe. The book was uneven and some plot points were very poorly followed up--most importantly, did the female lead survive her transformation? I was left feeling that a final chapter or an epilogue was left out of the printing. I am hopeful that, since this was the first in the series, the next book will answer some of the questions and the characters will feel more substantial. Otherwise, I will have to give up on Lynn Viehl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2005

    Interesting view

    This is an ok book. Not the greatest, but I've read worse. This book is like an inverted bell-curve. It is good in the beginning, sags in the middle and then rises back up in the end. This is not the best of the vampire novels but it has some potential and some interesting ideas about what vampires or Darkyn are. I will give the series another shot and read the next one when it comes out.

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